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What Did CS Students Recognize as Study Difficulties? (2019)

Hämäläinen, V., & Isomöttönen, V. (2019). What Did CS Students Recognize as Study Difficulties?. In FIE 2019 : Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. IEEE. Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE43999.2019.9028714

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All authors or editors: Hämäläinen, Ville; Isomöttönen, Ville

Parent publication: FIE 2019 : Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference


  • Frontiers in Education Conference

Place and date of conference: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 16.-19.10.2019

ISBN: 978-1-7281-1747-8

eISBN: 978-1-7281-1746-1

Journal or series: Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference

ISSN: 1539-4565

eISSN: 2377-634X

Publication year: 2019

Publisher: IEEE

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE43999.2019.9028714

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Computing education research shows substantive interest in novice programming challenges. The present study was rather interested in any phenomena that students would recognize as difficulties during their university studies. The research question was what computing students recognized as their study difficulties after the first year of study. An inductive thematic analysis was applied to the students’ personal writing of the difficulties experienced. The main result categories were independence in new environment, academic requirements, lack of prospects, learning to work, and social integration, which were illustrated by multiple lower level themes. The results inform educators of the wide range of aspects that can underlie complicated studying and help in designing intervention methodology.

Keywords: studies in an institution of higher education; computer science; programming; students; challenges; difficulties; dropping out

Free keywords: academic requirements; computing education; first year; novice programming; research questions; social integrations; thematic analysis

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Reporting Year: 2020

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